An update for Byron Hurt’s follow-up to his acclaimed 2012 documentary “Soul Food Junkies,” titled “Hazing: How Badly Do You Want In” (self-explanatory).
I actually thought he was close to completing the film, especially since he released a teaser last summer, but, according to the release I received today, production hasn’t even yet officially begun, as Hurt has been researching and developing the project over the last year+.
But this is good news for the project, as Independent Lens and the Independent Television Service
(ITVS) have both come on board, commissioning its production – i.e. financing it, and eventually also broadcasting the documentary, amongst other key things (it won’t be the first Byron Hurt documentary that received support from both Independent Lens and ITVS).
Hurt is eyeing a June 2016 completion date, with a film festival premiere likely – Sundance 2017 is probably a good bet (he also has a history with the festival – his “Beyond Beats and Rhymes premiered there in 2006).
“I am honored, blessed, excited, nervous, and happy for this incredible opportunity. I plan on
making a seminal film that will make a huge impact on society,” Hurt stated.
About the value and relevance of Independent Lens, Hurt elaborated: “Independent Lens
broadcasts some of the best documentaries in the field. It is an honor to have my work valued
by such a prestigious, curated television series for independent filmmakers.”
And about what audiences can expect from “Hazing” he added: “This will be a film that
transcends race and takes a broad view of the culture of hazing. I decided to make Hazing after
reading several high-profile stories about the tragic hazing deaths of young people. I wanted to
explore why these unfortunate incidents continue to happen.”
“Hazing” is a co-production of God Bless the Child Productions, LLC and the Independent
Television Service (ITVS), in association with Hazing Indiegogo Supporters, Firelight Media, and
the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation with funding provided by the Corporation
for Public Broadcasting (CPB).
Watch a teaser for the upcoming documentary below: